A couple of weeks ago my heathen* friend, Amanda went to the Draper temple open house. When I first heard she was going to the open house I was shocked and immediately instant messaged her:
Me: I've heard a rumor
Amanda: Oh, [gosh]. What, pray tell?
Me: That you signed up for a tour of the Draper temple. Hell has frozen over. You go to the temple for a tour and before you know it you are converting and will be the new Relief Society President.
Amanda: Sweet! Every night will be craft night.
I'm pretty sure she is telling me she wants me to send the missionaries to her house. Because, when I followed up with her after she did the tour, she told me she was converting. You can even ask her. And if she lies, I totally have my Google Chat record to prove her otherwise. Sarcasm doesn't translate in Google Chat, my friend.
Ok, I kid I kid. You see, Amanda and I really did have a chat about her experience. And she did actually enjoy it. Plus one for us Mormons. Yay!
However, she did express her disgust for the dress of many of the young LDS girls who were also at the open house. Amanda, who did her research and had read to dress in "Sunday attire", wore dress pants. And to her, Sunday attire is nice dress pants. Nothing wrong with that. She's no mo - so how would she know? But when she got there and a group of young women were barely covered - she began to wonder what is more appropriate; dress pants or short skirts?
Apparently, she felt like she got a few stares from people because she wasn't in a skirt. But for goodness sake, shouldn't the stares be left to the half naked 15 year old girls in front of her? Where on earth are these girls mothers? And more importantly, why did the YW leaders not say something to the girls for their lack of modesty?
Inappropriate dress for church is one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate it when girls wear flip flops to church. UGGS are even worse. Oh, and sandals in the dead of winter. Please, do us all a favor and put on a pair of nylons and a nice pair of pumps. Or, did you forget that you are going to church? A place where you participate in ordinances that are sacred in the eyes of God.
Ok, I do realize that I am by no means the best mormon. I swear, I see rated R movies, I mean...the list can go on. My blog is not the place for me to air my dirty laundry - i'll leave that for the bishops office. But, yes I'm imperfect. People are imperfect. And no, you can't judge the truthfulness of a church by the imperfect people that are in it. But, the truth is that people watch us and can be influences by our actions.
I'm glad that overall Amanda had a nice experience at the temple. She's totally one step closer to converting. I can feel it!
*I would call Amanda a heathen to her face. She's probably even like it.